The Client Request
Our client approached us with one question. Can we wire a home built in the late 1800’s? The answer was YES. The Control 4 project started approximately nine months ago prior to the client moving in. The home was an existing structure with plaster and drywall. The first phase involved the pre wire stage where we retrofitted speaker wiring and Cat-6 wiring for the audio, video, and the network system. During the pre-wire stage we also secured the home with a fourteen camera network video recorder system. Phase two involved the trim stage where we installed the speakers and structured wiring plates. Finally, the project was completed in Phase three with final installation and programming along with client education.
Design and Pre-Wire Process
At Omnia Integration we pre-plan the entire layout prior to our site arrival. To be efficient during the pre wire process we lay down our trunk lines for the major wiring routes. Pulling all of the wiring together makes it a more efficient and cleaner process. All of the wiring is pulled back to the distribution closet. This is also known as the ‘home run’ closet. Incoming services such as internet, television, and phone converge are in this location along with the homes security and other sub systems.
Whole house audio video and network systems require a rack to store the equipment in. This provides clean wire management and serviceability. Also, this provides proper ventilation of the equipment. In the proposal design stage we lay out the AV rack. It is very important to have proper thermal dissipation in the rack and also in the closet or room that it is store in.
Control 4 Installation and Programming
A Control 4 system design in a large home can get quite complex. When there are over 120 dimmers, keypads, and switches a proper Zigbee network will need to be designed and implemented. The Zigbee network allows for the communication between Control 4 remote controls and lighting components. Deploying a Zigbee network is completely different with a small project deployment. Unfortunately, we see a lot of incorrect Zigbee mesh network deployments in this field. Omnia Integration is happy to consult and assist in designing your whole house system. Below are images of the final phase of the project.
Sub System Integration
Sub System integration with Control 4 deploys the full power of home automation. For example, in this system we have integrated the following:
- Fourteen cameras with a network video recorder (NVR).
- Sprinkler system integration.
- Over twenty-four flood sensors and two main water shut off valves.
- Two Control 4 door stations.
- Homes security system.
The heart of this automation system requires a state of the art home network system which we provide as the foundation. Most importantly, we provide remote assistance for our clients with power management and network access to assist in case of a system disruption. We even provide remote modem and router reboot access automatically and for the customer to control. More on how we do this at this here (Omnia).
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Traditional Home Security
The integration of security systems in homes has been fairly simple. Due to the fact that most home owners purchase a basic security system package and do it themselves. Or they pay a monthly fee to monitor their homes and have it installed by a security professional. When the alarm goes off it usually takes 60-90 seconds to get the call. The Siren is the only aspect of the alarm system going off in the home. Furthermore, this will either scare the burglar or they will continue with the smash and grab. Hence the traditional alarm system is dated. Omnia integration has partnered with ADT Custom Home Services to improve upon security integration in our homes.
Integration of Home Automation and ADT Security
Omnia Integration has partnered with ADT Custom Home Services, for the reason that security is more than the siren going off. In contrast to traditional systems, integrating it with a Control 4 Automation system changes everything. Automating the security event is very important to deter the burglar from entering the home. Due to the fact that we make all of the Control 4 lights in the home go on to 100%. Next, we flash the exterior lights. This allows the police to see the distressed home. As a result of the security event, “Intruder Alert” is played at a high volume through the speakers. Subscribing to Control 4 – 4 sight services allows you to receive the notification on your phone. Several images below on one of our recent project integrations. Contact Omnia Integration today for your free consultation.
Most noteworthy is the security system can be armed from the Control 4 app in your home or remotely.
The Control 4 application shows status of all of the security zones in your home. For example. windows and doors open or motion events.
History feedback is important to see past events. Below you will see the events that have happened.
Primary Control 4 page. You can see the security button in the lower left hand corner.
Control 4 Intercom Anywhere
Control 4 has been at the forefront in revolutionizing home entertainment and automation systems. Now they have introduced a cutting edge whole house intercom system. Via Control 4 in-wall or wireless touch panels you can communicate with your family members. One of the neat aspects of this communication system is that you can dial in from your phone! Yes, your phone! The video below shows the full capabilities of this wonderful system.
The best home communication system on the market?
We have tested many door station systems at Omnia Integration. Many door communication system companies have tried to perfect the art of digital door stations. Mostly they use an app on your phone to pick up a door bell event and communication with the person at the front or side doors of your home. Unfortunately, with poor Wi-Fi connectivity in most homes the experience fails at the APP. Control 4’s door station on the other hand is hard wired via Ethernet. It is solid and robust when it comes to a doorbell event executing.
Once the doorbell is pressed the Control 4 touch panels on the wall or the wireless models will ring. Now for the first time it will also ring on your phone or tablet via the new APP. Furthermore, we can also play the doorbell event through the speaker system in your home. If the music is playing it will pause, the door bell event will play, and then the music will continue. One final note, with the new application you can have individual users added in which you can communicate with. Contact Omnia Integration today for your free in home consultation.
Surround Sound Calibration via Audyssey
Many surround sound receivers do not get calibrated properly. Most surround receivers today come with some sort of auto calibration technology built into them. One of the more advanced calibration software techniques is from a company by the name of Audyssey. Popular receiver brands such as Denon and Marantz incorporate this technology.
It may be the end user who is installing it and is not aware of the calibration software, but on most occasions we notice professionals have installed the AV receiver and it is not calibrated. On all of our installations we calibrate the surround sound system using the supplied Audyssey microphone. This allows for balanced levels, distance calculations, and proper bass management. Furthermore, if the surround sound is not calibrated the system will sound terrible. As a result, the primary viewing area will sound muddy and the bass will flutter and not achieve dynamic impact. Most noteworthy, is that the Audyssey system allows from 8 to 32 locations of calibration and the system itself will provide the equalization. Therefore the primary seating location and this location will be calibrated and equalized for the best sound!
How do we calibrate?
For most installations we start off by properly laying out and installing the surround sound speakers and correct sub woofer locations. There may be more than one sub woofer, so it is imperative to have the correct placement. It also depends on the room size, furniture, windows, etc. With our home theater speaker partner Origin Acoustics, the first step is to calibrate the sub woofer with its built in EQ. More on this technology next week! After the sub woofer is calibrated we start the auto calibration from Audyssey. We then manually go in and very that the bass management is correct, crossovers are set correctly, distances and levels are correct.
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Integrate your Pool and Spa with Control 4
If you own a home with a pool then it is possible to integrate your pool and spa. Control 4 integration not only allows for having secondary control of your pool. You can control the lighting system as well. Most pool controllers like Pentair allow for basic integration with your pool. The Control 4 application can pull up the pools pump and temperature controls. It can also control your pool lights.
Automating with Control 4
Many people who own pools can simply control the lights and pumps with their respective pool control apps. However, when we integrate the pool controller with Control 4 this allows a deeper integration. First it centralizes control for all of your houses systems such as audio, video, cameras, shade control, and pool control all within the Control 4 application.
An automation sequence can be turned on with a push of a button on a Control 4 keypad. For example, after a lighting sequence is activated the outdoor television can turn on and go to your favorite channel. Music can start playing throughout the Omnia Integration designed outdoor landscape system and possibilities are endless. There are many ways of automating your backyard entertainment.
It is important to note that the pool system controller must be set up by the pool company. The Control 4 system only sees the data provided by the pool controller. There is a interface device that is required to make it work with the Control 4 system. It does not directly change any of the original programming or settings set forth by the pool company.
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Back Yard Entertainment Done Right
For many years outdoor audio in our backyards have been restricted to a pair of speakers mounted outside on the back of the home. The sound quality of a pair of speakers emanating sound into open air frankly sounds terrible. At Omnia Integration we provide landscape audio systems to provide unparalleled sound quality for backyard entertainment. When coupled with a Control 4 system for music playback the experience is truly stunning.
With our outdoor speaker integration partner we provide seamless audio throughout the backyard. The speakers are placed on spikes in the ground between the flowers and bushes. There are many option to mounting these speakers. For example, your Chicago homes roof deck can have the speakers mounted to the deck.
If you have a pool the sound quality is stunning at ear level. Normally, the sound is pointed back to the house structure. This increases the quality of sound. Sound reflects off of your home providing a mini-concert like feeling. There is one other important aspect to complete the speaker system and that is the in ground sub woofer.
The sub woofer is buried in the ground and the only visible aspect of the unit is the mushroom style cap where the bass pressure protrudes from. With the proper design of your landscape speaker system, several zones can be deployed throughout your backyard. For example, the fire pit, pool, and patio deck can all be separate zones. The combination of multiple landscape speakers with one to several sub woofers provides uniform sound throughout your backyard. In fact, you can enjoy music at much lower volume levels. When you do decide to turn up the volume the landscape system provides a concert like quality sound in your backyard.
All of this is controlled via the Control 4 Entertainment and Automation System. By simply using your phone or iPad you have complete control of the system. You simply select patio in the Control 4 application. Select your desired music application and play the music. It is as simple as that! Contact Omnia Integration today for your free consultation.
Commercial Audio Systems
Commercial Audio systems in a public place are very important for providing entertainment and communication with guests. Adding microphones to the audio distribution system takes the experience to the next level. If you own a restaurant or bar, then it is important to provide proper audio distribution throughout your establishment.
Music Distribution in Commercial Audio Systems with Microphones
Many restaurants and bars deploy music using standard amplification practices. We integrate commercial audio systems using an amplifier that can not only playback music, but it can also mix in multiple microphones. For example, if you have a large guest or party room you may playback music. Next, you may choose to use a lapel microphone to amplify someones voice. A second person can use a microphone as well and this can be mixed in together. In essence, a presenter can use the lapel microphone, while the hand held microphone is being passed around the room.
Remote Service for Commercial Audio System.
Award Winning Service
We pride ourselves in customer service excellence. From laying the ground work with the proper network in all of our residential and commercial systems to remote servicing and follow up. Omnia Integration has earned the 2017 Angie’s List Super Service award for 2017.
Luma Surveillance Cameras
At Omnia Integration we work with the best surveillance cameras in the industry. These are affordable high quality 4 mega pixel cameras with built in heaters to endure the cold Chicago days and nights! The system can be viewed on a Luma Network Video Recorder (NVR).
Luma Network Video Recorder
Record the important surveillance video content to the network video recorder (NVR), and provide this vital video information to the police! We will also update the storage capacity of the NVR based on your recording needs. The video content can be accessed from your iPhone, Android Phone, iPad, Computer, and television. The system can also be integrated with our Control 4 home automation solutions!
The Luma NVR camera system has built in remote servicing capabilities. At Omnia Integration we deploy the OVRC remote assistance hardware and software in our networking solutions. Visit this link on our website to read more about this technology! Luma Cameras provide the peace of mind to protect your family and home.
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